Brattleboro funds should go to organizations more deserving than BDCC, SeVEDS

BRATTLEBORO — I plea to Brattleboro Town Meeting representatives not to fund the $98,030 to the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation and Southeast Vermont Economic Development Strategies.

As a Brattleboro resident, homeowner, business owner, taxpayer, and young entrepreneur, I am deeply concerned about this money making its way to the BDCC and SeVEDS. I strongly believe Brattleboro has a ton of potential and the BDCC has a great opportunity to meet the current needs of this community. Sadly, due to the current leadership, these organizations are not helping in the ways this community deserves and is asking for.

From what I can tell, the majority of this money goes to planning parties and game nights. I feel this is not a good use of our money. When you look at similar agencies in Keene, N.H. and Northampton, Mass., you can see true meaning behind those agencies' missions and real efforts to improving the local economy.

This should be an exciting time for Brattleboro, not a misleading or wasteful time. Right now is not a good time to throw away the little money we may have. Especially when we are very confused by the appropriation of Vermont Yankee economic development money and other past failed projects.

If anything, please consider giving the money to something tangible like Groundworks Collaborative, Youth Services, the Women's Freedom Center, or the Root Social Justice Center. These are a few of the much-harder-working agencies to which the town should consider granting money. We as a community need to know our hard-earned money is going to deserving and honest agencies.

Thank you for listening and considering.

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